제스 아즈나르 · Jes Aznar
Jes Aznar / Philippines
Jes Aznar is a documentary photographer and photojournalist focusing on Asia and Pacific while currently based in Manila. His works have been exhibited around the world and has won numerous international awards. With the passion for documentary, he headed to Hacienda Luisita in Central Philippines to record reality of the farmworkers and the peasantry uprising that caused the notorious 2004 massacre. From then one, he has continued to document social issues such as welfare of workers and farmers, conditions of human, and rights that humans deserve. Currently, he is working with The New York Time and Getty Image. He studied Painting at the University of Philippines, Advertizing athte University Santo Tomas, Photojournalism at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung-Ateneo de Manila College for Journalism, and Conflict Sensitive Journalism at the Deutsche Welle Akademie in Berline, Germany.
The Plastic Land
Manila, Quezon, Paranaque, Philippines, 2018
The photo series was taken in the nearby city of capital city Manila and the cities like Quezon and Paranaque. The slum of Manila is also called the garbage village, and the villagers make the living by recycling. It is also the place of frequent fire outbreak. Various countries like Korea are sending organizations for humanitarian relief efforts, but the problem of plastic garbage is no longer the problem of garbage village only. When the typhoon comes, the entire area of beautiful mangrove forest and peaceful coastal line are covered with the trash washed up from the Pacific Ocean. It is now one of the major threat to the villagers’ everyday lives. Undoubtedly, use of plastic have revolutionized almost everything that we use and have helped to advance further our civilization. However, just a century after the invention, our whole world is falling into a swamp of plastic trash.